How to: Connect your Xbox 360 to your Windows Phone 8

Xbox 360 is a gaming console, which offers many great benefits. For example, you can connect the Xbox with your PC in order to stream movies, music and other files from your console, you can play online with millions of other Xbox gamers and you could use the Kinect motion-playing system, in order to play your games even without a controller.

However, in this tutorial we are going to focus on another amazing feature of the Xbox 360. As I mentioned above, you can connect your gaming console with your computer. Yet again. Your computer is not the only device, which can be connected with Xbox 360. Xbox 360 gives you the chance to connect your Windows Phone 8 with it too. Once you do this, you will be able to use your smartphone as a controller. Let’s find out how you can accomplish this.

Install the Xbox SmartGlass App from the Windows Phone Store

  • First of all, go to the Windows Phone Store on your smartphone and search for the word smartglass. 
  • Select and open the Xbox SmartGlass search result and then tap Install from the bottom.

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NOTE: In case the app is not available for your region, you should go to your Windows Phone and change the language and region settings, so that you can access the SmartGlass in Windows Phone Store.

  • When the app has successfully installed, you will neither be able to see its tile on the Start screen, nor its entry on the Apps list. You will have to open the Games app to access it.
  • Once you open the Games app, you will find the Xbox SmartGlass shortcut in the Xbox section of the Collection screen.

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NOTE: If you are planning to use this app frequently, it is recommended to pin it to your Start screen, so that you can access it faster. Press and hold on its entry and select the pin to start option from the menu.

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  • The Xbox Smartglass tile will look similar to the following screenshot.

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NOTE: Before you start using this app, follow the instructions below.

Set the Xbox 360 Console to Turn on Xbox SmartGlass Apps

Firstly, you should know that you need to use the same account for your Windows Phone and your console.

  • Therefore, sign in with that Microsoft account and go to Settings.
  • Then, select System and tap on Console Settings from the list, shown on your screen.

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  • When you do it, a list of options will display. Press the Connected Devices option.

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  • In the next screen set, you will have two available options: Play To and Xbox SmartGlass Apps. You will get some basic information about each of them. Set both of these options to On.

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Now you will be able to remote control your Xbox 360 console from your Windows Phone completely.

  • Finally, choose if you want to allow game interruption or not.

Configure the Xbox SmartGlass App in Windows Phone

  • Go back to your Windows Phone smartphone. In case you are using the same Microsoft account for your Windows Phone and your Xbox console, you will not encounter any problems. Now connect your Windows Phone smartphone to the same network as your gaming console. Even if your Windows Phone uses wireless connection and your Xbox is connected via wire, there is no problem at all. The only thing that matters the most right now is to use the same network for both devices.
  • Launch the Xbox SmartGlass app on your Windows Phone. You will immediately notice that the app is trying to sign you in automatically.

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  • When you sign in successfully, you will see a few get started guides about how you can interact with your Xbox 360 from your Windows Phone 8. If you want you can watch them. Otherwise, tap Ok to continue the operation.

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  • You will redirected to the Home screen of the Xbox SmartGlass app.

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  • In this screen you can view the games you are playing right now on your Xbox console. You can also launch the remote control on your smartphone. If you keep scrolling down, you will notice the recent activities that you have performed on your gaming console.
  • If you flick to the right, the Discover screen will display. In this screen you will be informed about the latest games, music and videos, which are available in the Xbox Store. You can use your smartphone as controller, in order to view any of them on your Xbox console.

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  • Flick to the right again and you will access the Bing screen. Here you can search for anything you want on the Xbox Store by using Bing.

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  • On the bottom of the app’s screen you will notice the more button. Tap on it if you want to configure the way the Xbox SmartGlass app will work.
  • Once you tapped on it, a contextual menu will open, in which you will notice the following four options that are available:
  1. Home: this options redirects you to the Home screen of the Xbox SmartGlass.
  2. Remote: if you choose this option, you will launch the remote control for your Xbox 360.
  3. Refresh: this option will refresh the information, shown in the current screen.
  4. Settings: this option allows to adjust some further settings about the functionality of your app.

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Problems you may Encounter

While i was using the app, i encountered a couple of annoying features that you may also notice too. Therefore, i decided to mention them, so that you will be prepared, in case you encounter them.

First of all, i realized that every time my smartphone locks, the SmartGlass app disconnects from the Xbox 360. As a result, you should know that if you unlock your Windows Phone, you will have to wait for a while, until the app connects to your console again. This small detail could be very annoying sometimes.

Secondly, the first time you launch the app, you might see the following error screen.

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If you get this Xbox SmartGlass ”can’t sign in (1000)” screen, make sure that both your Xbox 360 and your smartphone are connected to the same network and they are using the same Microsoft account. Then tap Sign in again until it works. I warn you, this may take two or three times to work, so do not give up.

As you noticed from this tutorial, you can easily connect your Windows Phone device with your Xbox 360. Go ahead and try out this great feature!